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A’s Trade for Vogt and DFA Otero

April 5, 2013

Dan Otero joins Josh Stinson in the “barely A’s, does it even really count?” category (assuming he clears waivers) as he was designated for assignment today by Billy Beane because the A’s acquired catcher Stephen Vogt from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Otero made no appearances since being acquired off of waivers from the Yankees.

The acquisition of Vogt doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. The A’s have John Jaso and Derek Norris sharing catching duties in Oakland, furthermore it seems that Josh Donaldson could fill in in a pinch at catcher with Scott Sizemore or Jed Lowrie sliding to third and on top of that the A’s have a solid catcher who could be added to the 40-man roster in “4A” slugger Luke Montz. That all said the A’s acquired Vogt and I have to presume that they know something I do not about the 28-year old native of Visalia who has 27 plate appearances and a career .000/.074/.000 slash line. Yes, in 27 plate appearances Vogt has walked twice and that comprises the full breadth of his offensive accomplishments. He has performed better at Triple-A where he spent the bulk of 2012 outside of those 27 trips to the plate, putting up a .272/.350/.424 slash line with Durham while knocking nine home runs and managing a .349 wOBA and 116 wRC+. That said though if we are looking for too old to be considered prospect catchers and judging them on their performance at Triple-A last year I again would defer to the not on the 40-man roster Montz who at least has four MLB hits (including a home run) from way back in 2008 with Washington but who spent last year at Triple-A New Orleans with Miami hitting .222/.310/.495 with 29 home runs and a .342 wOBA and 99 wRC+ (one really has to take into account Montz’ .219 BABIP there). But that’s me. Welcome aboard Mr. Vogt.

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